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allembled at Westminster.
spirituall , before secular; divine before humane.
the invisible Church is far more excellent shen any other: : so also his externali visible government of the visible Charch, hath per the preheminence above all visible civill governments and Kingdoms
of this world. And if it be lawfull-ever for private persons to vine dicate, by bumane Laws, the extents and rights of their particular civill inheritances and poffeffions : And if it be accounted the duty of good Sæbjets to vindicate the extents and rights of their civill Sovéa.' raigas Dominions, with their Estates and Lives, even by the Sword : then mach more is it the duty of Christs Subjects, by disputes and are gumentations to vindicate the extents and rights of Christs externall political Rińgdoms; the one hiing but of civill convernment, the otheque divike; the one tending but to a civill end, the other a spiritual. And therefore I hope none will blame me for appearing in publick to conan tend for the extent and rights of Chrifts politicall Kingdome in his Church here on earth.. ..
My first Thesis on this Subject was composed for the private use of my self, and some few neighbour Ministers, in a monthly private meeting, according to our custome. But being made publock, at the desires of others, it met with opposition from two reverend Brethren : first by M. John Ellis junior, who undertook to confute it, with other Trattates of divers of my betters that were written of the same subject : and secondli by Reverend M. Hoo
political ions to vind he dury of at
ker, who is fince departed out of the visible militant Church, inte the invisible Triumphant; the loffe of which burning and shining light, the Church of God cannot fufficiently lament. Now because some things therein (et down were by them mistaken, and other things not ro fully cleared, as I de fired, I thought good to set it out again more enlarged, and vindicated from the mistakes and oppositions that It met withall. ,
The reasons of my so long delay herein mere, First, because I was the least and least concerned therein, though the most tartly dealt withall by M. Ellis. And secondly, because I desired to see some of my betters go before me, in vindication of their own Tractates of
the fame fubjet. "And thirdly, because I understood by M. Ellis's : book, and by common fame, that there was an answer to Mo Ru.
therford coming out, wherein I Should find my question discussed, by that eminent, and worthy Divine M. Hooker, which was indeed
Tent over, but perished in the sea, and so was retarded one year lon· ger, untill it could be transcribed, and sent over again. And since
that was printed, the seat of the warr, by the fiege of Colchester ,
coming so near us, we were all in a fear and danger, so that I thoughe, .it no fit time to attend to controversies : and I had indeed almost laid
it quite afide, but that the importunities of fome, and the insultings of others excited mee again to take it in band. .:
And now I find a fourfold unhappinesse hath betided me hereik.
First, The darknesse and sublimity of the Subje£t, which I could no way make plain, so as to be understood by vulgar apprehensions , because the handling thereof put me necessarily upon the use of to many latine words, and logicall terms of art, which are not usually nnderstood by comman people. And therefore despairing to be undere ! ftood but by those that had some skill in the Latine tongue, and in Logick, I have set down ihe words of such Authours as I have had occa
fion to cite, in their own languages, in which I found them, left other. : . wise this Tractate should swelt too great.... ; A second unhappinesse is, that this Tenet fremeth to crosse soma. | ny of our own Divines, in their writings againlt the Papists. But indeed it doth onely seem fog for, it is manifest that the Church-Ca. tholick which they intend, is not the same with this that I have to deal about. For they speak of the Church-Catholick consisting onely of the Eleft, and I consent unto them that that Church is invisible :
but my question is about the ex'ernall state of the Church, containing
O dinances of worship and difcipline were set. n
So few going before me, and therefore could have the leffe help from
Sies, having constant employment of preaching in mine own Congrea
Etate are multiplied more then is needfüll, and are laid down more
ly to my forgerfølgelse, and partly to mine endeavour to follow the mee
And since the transcribing of it for the Presse, there came to my